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Tenoch Mexican | 24 Riverside Ave Medford, MA

This taqueria in downtown Medford features traditional tortas center stage. A torta is a hefty sandwich they top with smoky-hot chipotle mayo, pickled onions, avocado, melty Oaxaca cheese, and the standout, campechana – a hefty combination of carnitas (braised, crisped pork shoulder) – chorizo and beans. Speedy service and fair prices make this place a must visit.

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Fruition Vegan Kitchen | 472 High St, Medford, MA

This family-run vegan joint features a diverse selection of delicious, vegan food.  The eclectic mix of salads, sandwiches, hearty soups and stews is perfect for anyone in the mood for a rich and nutritious meat-free meal. The menu is updated on a regular basis so there’s always something new. We recommend takeout because the place itself is quite small but if you’re planning to eat there it’s best to call ahead.

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Bob’s Italian Foods | 324 Main St, Medford, MA

Bob’s Italian Foods has been a Medford staple for over 80 years. The menu features a wide array of subs, hoagies pasta, salads, pizza and other traditional Italian dishes. Perfect when your in the mood for a hefty meatball pasta.

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Bistro 5 | 5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA

Bistro 5 is an intimate Italian bistro featuring inventive seasonal dishes and a wide selection of international wine. The food, environment, and ambiance are the embodiment of Italian richness and warmth. The menu’s mix of new dishes and traditional favorites make this hidden West Medford gem something not to be missed.

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Simple Fare Delicatessen | 460 High St, Medford, MA

Classic comfort food made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. From tasty sandwiches to delicious entrées, you’re sure to find something you love on the extensive menu. When in doubt fo for the Bourbon-pecan chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach.

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Magnificent Muffin & Bagel Shoppe | 491 High St, Medford, MA

Owner Joan Gatto has been providing a cozy breakfast oasis across from the commuter rail for 20 years now. The menu features a range of baked goods, coffee and hearty breakfast sandwiches to order. The go-to is a ham, egg, and cheese featuring an oozy yolk and perfectly crispy meat atop a craggy English muffin – it’ll only set you back $3.50. Plus the bakery case is always packed with mega-size muffins with no holds barred on the toppings.